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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

By Gary Marcus

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

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Started reading:
2009-08-14 08:52:01
Finished reading:
2009-08-29 10:39:07


Rating: 4

A psychologist’s look at the way evolution has selected for particular adptations and, in come cases, done so elegantly and, in others, the result has been less optimal. In other words, a kluge (or kludge, if you prefer that spelling). The author’s draws on his own experience and observations and compares and contrasts it with the writings of the the likes of Richard Dawkins, agreeing and disagreeing in equal measure. Unfortunately, many of his examples tend to try and paint things in black-and-white terms, which is unfortunate given that his grasp of probability and economics seems a little weak. Though this book is readable and has some interesting insights, there are far better books of neurobiology, irrational markets and the inability of humans to make logical decisions.

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